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Massachusetts To Help Test Addiction Treatment Rating System

In this 2017 photo, a member of the New Hampshire Department of Corrections shows the drug Suboxone. (Charles Krupa/AP)
In this 2017 photo, a member of the New Hampshire Department of Corrections shows the drug Suboxone. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Massachusetts has agreed to participate in a new rating system that is being developed to measure the quality of addiction treatment programs.

State health officials say the rating system will primarily use data from three sources: insurance claims, provider surveys and consumer experience surveys.

The information will be made publicly available to those searching for high-quality addiction treatment, as well as to public and private payers, states and referral sources.

The system is being developed by the national nonprofit organization Shatterproof.

The rating system will examine evidence-based specialty addiction treatment providers including residential, outpatient and intensive outpatient programs that are licensed, certified or approved by states to provide treatment for substance use disorder.

If the pilot program is successful, the rating system will be launched nationwide.

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